December 14th is National Biscuits & Gravy Day. Biscuits and gravy emerged as a Southern regional dish after the Revolutionary War (1775–1783), when foodstuffs and cash were in short supply. Breakfast was the most substantial meal of the day, to fuel people for the hard work ahead. Biscuits covered in gravy made from meat drippings, and possibly bits of meat, fit the bill.
Nowadays there are different types of gravy and different types of biscuits for your consideration.
We’ve got a classic biscuits and gravy recipe for you, as well as something a bit different:
Biscuits with seafood gravy.
Check out more biscuit recipes below.. You can match a gravy or sauce with them—for example, bacon and sweet potato biscuits with blue cheese sauce, or Reuben biscuits with horseradish sauce.
> The History Of Biscuits
> The History Of Bread
> The Different Types Of Bread
Angel Biscuits. These lighter, fluffier biscuits are made with yeast. They rise before being baked.
Drop Biscuits. A wet dough is dropped from a spoon onto a baking sheet. They’re not shapely like cut-out rounds, but just as delicious.
Dumplings. The dumplings in the chicken and dumplings recipe are actually smaller drop biscuits. The biscuits are steamed in a pot rather than baked, and are served atop a hearty chicken stew.
Rolled Biscuits. Also called baking powder biscuits, the dough is rolled out, then cut into rounds, and baked.
Scones. Yes, scones are biscuits, even the versions that add cream and butter.
Shortcake. The same biscuits used for shortcake—sliced in half and topped with whipped cream and berries added—are also popular in the bread basket. Scones can be used as well.
Southern Buttermilk Biscuits. Loaded with butter and buttermilk, the result is rich and flaky. Baking soda is also often added to make the biscuit fluffier.
TYPES OF BISCUITS
Bacon & Sweet Potato Biscuits
Cheddar Chive Biscuits
Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits
Dill Biscuits With Smoked Salmon
Glazed Ham On A Biscuit With a Balsamic Reduction
Ham & Gouda Biscuits
Sarabeth’s Buttermilk Biscuits
There are numerous variations on the above. Self-rising biscuits are made with self-rising flour. Cream biscuits are made with heavy cream, Sourdough biscuits are made with sourdough starter.
One note about American biscuits: These do not exist in the U.K. There, a biscuit is a cookie or a cracker. What we think of as a roll or biscuit is a scone in the U.K. Our roll is their cob. There, a bun may look like a kind of American roll, but it is sweet. A burger bun is called a bap. And so on, and so forth. Here’s a longer discussion.
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 Biscuits and gravy. You can make the dish more substantial by adding a slice of ham (photo © Betty Crocker).
 Biscuits and gravy topped with a fried egg. You can also add a slice of ham (photo © St. Louis Magazine).
 Biscuits with tomato gravy. Here’s the recipe (photo © Whitney Miller | Vidalia Onions | Facebook).
 A different approach Thanksgiving leftovers on a biscuit with gravy (photo © Mason Dixie Foods).